This ordinary back yard was on a bank so it was not very usable. We cut the soil 4′ from the foundation of the house to give a sitting wall and a planter. This gave us more level space to create the patio. A landing was created with stairs to get to the concrete paver patio. Perennials, shrubs, and a tree was planted to give privacy for the outdoor living room and to be able to observe continuous bloom throughout the season as you relaxed on the patio. Notice that this is not an expensive house but the outdoor living room makes the house!!! See the before below!